Federal Policy

Federal Policy

NACSA advocates federal policies that support and provide resources for strong authorizing activity across the country.

Elementary and Secondary Education Act

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is the vehicle by which Congress sets policy and directs resources for K-12 public education in the United States. ESEA impacts charter schools, and charter school authorizing, related to: funding; assessments; accountability and oversight. This includes setting policy and funding priorities for the Public Charter School Program.

Appropriations and Federal Grants

Each year Congress authorizes funding for education priorities through the annual appropriations process. NACSA advocates for funding that supports a high-quality charter sector through a variety of federal programs.

Putting Policy into Practice

As public schools, charter schools are subject to the same federal requirements as traditional public schools. How charter schools fulfill these requirements, however, can sometimes look different. NACSA works with federal policymakers, authorizers, and the charter school community to ensure charter schools can meet all federal requirements while upholding the foundational charter school principles of autonomy, accountability, and transparency.

NACSA in ActionMore

Letter to the School Safety Commission on the role of authorizers in school safety and discipline (September 2018)

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NACSA Submits Comments to the US Department of Education Regarding Proposed Rules for the Grants to Charter Management Organizations Program (August 2018)

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Letter to US Department of Education: recommendations for the implementation of the Charter Schools Program (CSP) (September 2017)

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The ESSA Transition: An Authorizer’s Planning Guide

As authorizers begin planning for the transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), they will need to provide for continued accountability during and after the transition to ESSA in a way that is fair, consistent, and transparent for charter schools and the public.

The broad, sweeping changes to federal programs under ESSA will require a new vernacular and some changes in authorizers’ work. The guide includes checklists and timelines that authorizers can begin using now, as well as strategies for assessing how changes to state and local report cards will impact their portfolios, a sample Quarterly Work Plan and a list of state ESSA contacts.

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ESSA Transition Resources By Area